From autonomous baby strollers to the ChatGPT used in Volkswagen cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to take center stage at the CES technology fair, which begins this Tuesday (9) in Las Vegas (USA).
The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) fair has more than 3,500 exhibitors and expects to receive around 130 thousand visitors.
Until Monday, large and small companies presented to the press the advances in their products that promise to improve people’s lives.
Amid the protagonism of artificial intelligence (AI), the exhibition presents, in this edition, the most recent inventions and advances in technology.
Below are some examples of creations shown to the press before the official start, on Tuesday (10).
Mirror, mirror of me
Called “MagicMirror”, NuraLogix’s interconnected device scanned the face of the company’s marketing executive, Lindsay Brennan, and determined in seconds her BMI (body mass index), her blood pressure and even her “mental stress index” —calculated from heart rate.
“You can see I’m a little agitated, almost in the yellow zone,” Brennan said, pointing to the indicator in the mirror. “That’s because of the event,” he joked.
According to NuraLogix, the mirror can assess risks of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, thanks to its optical technology and artificial intelligence software.
“This actually came up at the University of Toronto when they were researching lie detection in children,” the group explained.
“They discovered that when someone is emotional or has high blood pressure, the blood flow in the face actually changes and these patterns can be captured by any conventional camera.”
Intended for doctors’ waiting rooms or pharmacies, the mirror will cost around US$70,000 (R$341,900). NuraLogix also plans to market the software separately.
If plans come to fruition, the Wimagine brain implant, designed by France’s CEA (Atomic Energy Commission), will allow people with paralysis to walk again.
Equipped with electrodes, the brain-machine interface is installed in direct contact with the motor cortex, which controls the voluntary movement of a paraplegic or quadriplegic patient.
In the first case, of paralysis in the lower extremities, the data collected by the implant is transferred remotely to a connector attached to the spinal cord, below the paralyzing injury.
The patient only needs to think about walking and the information is transferred to the connector, and then to the legs.
“It’s a digital bridge,” said the person responsible for the CEA research program, Guillaume Charvet.
In the quadriplegic patient, the implant communicates with a custom-built exoskeleton or skeleton, which performs the ordered gestures.
With a connector placed on the forearm, it is possible, for example, to grasp an object with your hand.
“A clinical trial is about to begin,” said Charvet, emphasizing that five to ten years of research are still needed.
However, there are volunteer patients who have been participating for several years. “The objective is for it to have the same price as a pacemaker,” he added.
Lullaby the baby
“We are the first electric stroller with full AI features for comfort and safety,” said Glüxkind engineer Jeffrey To.
The AI-controlled stroller is designed to make life easier for parents, according to the person responsible, as if it were a co-pilot.
The electric assistance allows you to climb hills without sweating, and the brakes are activated automatically “so there is never a chance of the stroller getting out of control”, commented To.
“It recognizes people, pets, skateboards, bikes and vehicles that may not stop, and gives more advance warning so drowsy parents essentially have daily driver assistance,” added the Canadian company’s co-founder, Kevin Huang.
When parents activate the “Rock my baby” function, the stroller performs a regular rocking movement to help the child sleep.
Glüxkind hopes to start production next spring, with a price of approximately US$2,400 (R$11,700).
LG, Samsung and other TV titans have also rolled out AI improvements to improve visuals, help viewers find shows they like and more.
“We’re going to see TVs become the command center of the home, beyond just streaming entertainment,” said Jessica Boothe, director of research at the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the event.
ChatGPT on wheels
Volkswagen, for its part, presented what it described as the first vehicles built with a chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology.
The “Cerence Chat Pro” digital assistant, created in collaboration with Cerence Inc., will be included in many of the German manufacturer’s vehicles from the second quarter of this year, according to the automaker.
“We are offering our drivers added value and direct access to the AI-based search tool,” said Kai Grunitz, Member of the Board of Management at Volkswagen.
More real games
Nvidia, whose graphics chips are coveted for their ability to support intense AI computational demands, used the fair to announce new processors for gamers and creators.
Translation and augmented reality glasses
Other innovations announced before the opening of CES include technology to translate multiple languages at once and augmented reality glasses that transform the space in front of the viewer into a screen they can control with gestures.
Apple, which is not participating in the show, announced on Monday that it will launch the highly anticipated Vision Pro mixed reality headset in the United States on February 2.
The “most advanced consumer electronics device ever created,” according to company CEO Tim Cook, is its first major product launch since the Apple Watch in 2015.